- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 6, 2018

International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney trashed President Trump during a speech at the United Nations Wednesday night, claiming that he gives brutal regimes the “green light” to murder journalists.

Mrs. Clooney, wife of actor George Clooney, made the comments while accepting the global citizen of the year award at United Nations Correspondents Association Awards in New York City.

She lamented a rising resentment toward journalists across the globe, including by “autocratic regimes from North Korea, to Philippines to Hungary, Turkey and Brazil,” USA Today reported.

Mrs. Clooney claimed that the press is “under attack like never before” and that Mr. Trump’s constant verbal attacks against certain media members and outlets is fueling that resentment.

“The U.S. President has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the ‘enemy of the people,’” she asserted. “And, of course, two months ago a Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into a consulate in Istanbul and was brutally tortured to death.

“In many of the cases that I have worked on too, I have seen journalists and opposition figures ruthlessly targeted so that they can no longer criticize leaders,” she said, the London Evening Standard reported.

Mrs. Clooney, a prominent liberal, has spoken out against Mr. Trump before. Most recently, she accused the president of ridiculing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Vanity Fair noted.

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